Robert Kaltenbrunner was born in 1960 and trained as an architect and an urban planner before working from 1990 to 1999 as a project manager for large-scale urban projects in the Senate Department for Building, Housing and Transportation in Berlin. Since 2000 he heads the Department for Building and Housing at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (Berlin/Bonn). He is co-editor of the journal Informationen zur Raumentwicklung and member of the academic board of FORUM STADT. He has published widely on urban affairs.